Despite COVID related USA/Canada border restrictions — there was a significant Canadian racer presence for NHRA’s final season event in Las Vegas…

Highly formidable Cowie Racing (Surrey BC) put forth a monumental late season effort to try to win their first ever NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship. But as fate would have it — a holeshot loss to Joey Severence combined with a final round win-light for defending 2019 World Champ Megan Meyer relegated the team to a 2nd place finish in final points for 2020  — and for the 4th consecutive year in NHRA! At Las Vegas Shawn Cowie qualified #2 and his best ET was 5.192 secs.

Calgarian Mike Scott managed entry into the Top Fuel Harley division with his new ’20 Weekend-built machine.  The very popular racer  qualified 4th (6.470 secs) but got beat by Ricky House in round one.

Justin Bond (Mission BC) had his second season stint behind the wheel of the Pro-Charger powered Bahrain I Racing Camaro at Las Vegas. Bond — who had won with the car the weekend before in Houston – came close again. After qualifying 3rd — he advanced to the semi final round where he lost by the narrowest of possible margins to Kahlaid alBalooshi — 5.782 secs to 5.783 secs. KAB and Bond had nearly identical reaction times too – .052 to .051!

The very dynamic father and son racing team of Al and Jason Kenny also made the long venture out to Las Vegas. The Kingston Ontario natives (who now both reside in the USA) were as usual right in the mix. Al Kenny went all the way to the T/D class final only to have a mechanical failure deny his bid.  Jason Kenny’s Super Gas Corvette ended with a round #2 finish — however his trip west did help him cement a superb 2nd place finish in final NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship points for 2020! (We will post more on that accomplishment later to DragRaceCanada).

Stock eliminator did include two Canadian cars at Las Vegas — a pair of Mopars driven by Greg Marshall (Surrey BC- top) and Barry Pollard (Regina SK). Marshall’s D/SA ’71 Duster qualified at -.720 and Pollard’s ’76 Roadrunner H/SA went -.808 in time trials. Both drivers however suffered break out losses early in eliminations.

Medicine Hat-based Canadian drag racing proponent Mark Simmons got into the show with his Top Dragster at 6.302 secs (Q #13). Mark’s TNT Super Cars-built car won it’s round one race but then fell to Anthony Bertozzi in the second frame of eliminations.

Will Yakimetz entered his hard running ’69 Camaro in the Top Sportsman class. Will qualified #19 (7.012 secs) in the Vegreville AB-based car before losing out to eventual class winner Don Meziere in round #2.

Posted by Bruce Biegler

All Photos by Marc Gewertz